What Is Reiki

  • Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means "universal life energy" in Japanese.


  • It is a Japanese energy-based healing technique that works as a support mechanism for the body for both people & animals. Energy therapy has been around for centuries, and complements regular medical and veterinary care, but is not meant to replace it.


  • In a Reiki session, the practitioner merely acts as a conduit to the "universal life energy" that is available to all of us, much like plugging a lamp into an outlet. That energy that flows all around us is harnessed and your body decides what it wants to do with it. The practitioner does not filter the energy nor do they have the power to tell it what to do or how to heal. They simply stay in a clear and neutral frame of mind. It is the client's body that either accepts the energy and decides where it needs to go the most. The body's healing system is intuitive, much like how wounds heal on the body (the blood cells rush to the area working on healing that wound). The body intuitively works with the energy in the same way. 


  • It is important to remember  that the Reiki practitioner is NOT the healer ... the person who receives the energy is the healer. The client is responsible for their own healing journey.


  • It is important to note that during the self-healing process, some clients may experience a release of toxins in the body that have been stored over a period of time, creating a detoxification process. This may not feel like a positive experience due to the unpleasant symptoms that you may or may not experience, but it means that the body is regulating itself to try and return to it's normal function. It is not the practitioner or the Reiki that caused the unpleasant symptoms, but the body that is trying to rid itself of accumulated toxins and balance itself. It is strongly recommended that you drink plenty of water after a Reiki session, and get lots of rest. There have been situations where receiving Reiki treatments can actually speed up the healing process, making the client feel their symptoms are worse before they get better, but yet it shortens their overall healing time. For example, if you are starting to get the flu or a cold and are receiving Reiki treatments, there have been reports that clients feel their symptoms increase for a shorter duration than what they may have experienced if they were not receiving Reiki.


  • It is important to also remember that you should always contact your regular medical care provider to discuss what complementary methods you are going to try first so you can work with them during any process to discuss symptoms or changes. In some situations, clients have been known to require a change in their medications during holistic treatments, which is another reason to keep in close contact with your Doctor and/or pharmacist. For example, someone who has diabetes may require a change in insulin as the body attempts to balance itself. A Reiki practitioner is not a Doctor, and does not offer medical diagnosis or medical advice.


  • Reiki is a non-invasive form self-healing that anyone can learn, which may work hand-in-hand with other medical and therapeutic techniques, and has been known to enhance comfort from pain relief and assist the body in speeding up the recovery process. Anyone can learn Reiki, it is that simple of a technique. However, Reiki is taught in perhaps a more alternative way than traditional medicines. Reiki can only be transferred to a student during a Reiki class, where the Reiki master "attunes" the student, and teaches them how to harness the energy that naturally exists all around us.


  • Over 15% of hospitals in the US offer Reiki as part of hospital services, and over 100 holistic veterinarians offer Reiki to their animal clientele.

Energy Centres and Meridians

  • One of the basic teachings of Reiki is that we are more than just our physical bodies. We also have an energy body made up of our energy fields (aura or chi), seven main energy centres (chakra's), and energy pathways (meridians).

  • Meridians are the body’s “energy bloodstream”: they bring vitality and balance to the body. In the same way that arteries carry blood, the meridians carry “energy”. Meridians of the body affect all major systems: immune, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, muscular and the lymphatic system.


  • We are all energy! Our thoughts carry an energy vibration, that's why it is imperative that you try to maintain a healthy positive attitude towards the people and animals in your life, towards your job and responsibilities, and to situations, illnesses, and injuries. It makes a big difference! It keeps your energy wide open, and allows you to receive the highest vibrational energy available. Negative thoughts and energy close off your energy field or your "chi".

Clearing Energy Blocks with Reiki

  • When there is a disturbance to the flow of energy along any of the pathways or meridians, it causes a lack of energy in the physical body, commonly known as “energy blocks". Typically, when this happens, you may feel fatigue or pain or just have that sense that you're not feeling as well as you know you should be.

  • The energy blocks appear when energy that flows into an area of the body is changed possibly due to stress, illness, overuse, injury, or disease etc.


  • The body balances itself by the energy flowing through the affected parts of the energy fields and charges them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body. The body uses the energy to clear, straighten and heal the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way. Regular Reiki treatments assist the body in removing these blocks, and allowing the body to do what it instinctively knows how to do …..... to heal itself!

Healing Is Natural!

  • Think about when you have a cut, what happens behind the scenes? The body immediately starts to heal that wound.

  • Reiki is based on this concept of healing … your body instinctively and intuitively knows how to heal itself!


  • In a Reiki treatment, the practitioner has several hand positions that are either lightly on the body or just above.


  • Think about where your hands go when you feel sick or feel pain. It’s your body’s instinct. 

    • Reiki is natural and is a part of this healing process!

    Reiki Treatment Video / Short Demonstration

    In the following video, a trained Reiki Master provides a short Reiki demonstration and explanation on one of her clients.

    Famous People & Reiki

    And, just for fun, there are plenty of famous people who are either Reiki clients or are practitioners (many thanks to the wonderful blog that was posted on the Reiki Digest for some of this info):

    Lisa Oz (Dr. Oz's wife) is a Reiki Master. She's been quoted as saying: "The next wave of medical advances will be when we come to recognize the body as an energetic system."

    Dr. Mehmet Oz has talked about it on Oprah. He was also one of the first physicians to include a Reiki practitioner in his department at The Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre in New York City.  The New York Times Magazine reported that Dr. Oz has allowed the use of Reiki during open heart surgeries and heart transplant operations. He's said "Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals." He's also featured it on his own television show and website.

    ~  Well-known author of over 20 books, Ph.D., and angel expert Doreen Virtue is a Reiki master.  

    ~  Country superstar musician Shania Twain received a Reiki session in an episode of her show Why Not? With Shania Twain on OWN.

    ~ According to an article in OK! Magazine many Hollywood stars are fans of Reiki including Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Naomi Watts and former Spice Girl Mel B.

    ~ Fashion designer Donna Karan has opened two centers in the United States, Urban Zen Foundation, to support well-being and healing, and opened a holistic program at UCLA.

    ~ Singer Kellie Pickler received Reiki as part of a spa experience on the Ellen Show.

    ~  Pro golfer Phil Nickelson and the Chicago White Sox have benefited from receiving Reiki, according to the New York Times.

    ~  Renowned medium Lisa Williams is a Reiki master and even performed a healing on her Lifetime Television series Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead.

    Jennifer Anniston's dog, Norman, regularly receives Reiki along with other healing modalities.

    ~  Olympic medal winning and Tour de France cyclist Hayden Roulston credits Reiki for helping him to overcome his serious heart condition and to keeping him on the winning track. He's also a Reiki master.

    ~  Amazing soul and R&B singer Erykah Badu is a Reiki master.

    Ann Dexter-Jones is many things: rock star wife, New York socialite, the mother of famous DJ Samantha Ronson (Lindsey Lohan's ex- girlfriend), fashion designer Charlotte Ronson and music producer Mark Ronson, and Reiki master. Now there's a busy lady!

    ~ Actress Judith Light, best known for the sitcom Who's the Boss, is pictured here with a framed set of Reiki principles in her Broadway dressing room.

    ~ Oprah's magazine has featured Reiki a couple of times including as a part of their Real Women Discovered Their Dream Careers recurring feature and in an article on alternative therapy techniques to help people deal with stress.

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